September 11, 2009Retro Finds From Globe/Miami AZ – Mad Men Antenna, Pink Toy Kitchen and Funny Bunny Book!
I don’t have any great finds this week to show you guys, so we get to see Sara’s great finds instead. Thanks, Sara!
Sooooo, last time you saw some retro pics around Globe and Miami Az. This time we will check out my retro-tastic finds from Globe/Miami!
First up is a funny little book Mike found for me called “Four Little Bunnies” with photographs by Harry Whittier Frees.
Apparently Mr. Frees was well known in the early 1900s for his photographs with all different kinds of animals. The book was first published by Rand McNally and Company in Chicago in 1935, and has no stated author. My edition is from 1939. I think the text was kind of secondary to the book, as the pictures were the BIG story really! Mike saw this and knew we had to get it, as I am crazy for rabbits! This is the most charming book, it has dozens of different pictures with bunnies dressed all sorts of zany ways. I cannot imagine how he was able to actually get all the animals dressed and photographed, it must have been crazy in that photo studio!
Next up is the Pink General Electric Structo Kitchen!
We found 3 pieces of this General Electric Children’s Kitchen Set and totally fell for it. Who here does not love pink, I mean, come on, pink is the bomb! So, since it was pink, and metal cabinets, to boot – we had to have! I cannot find much info on these toy cabinets. I believe they started manufacture in 1959, and there were (possibly) 9 pieces in total that you could get. Looking online I have seen a double wall oven, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and a regular cabinet. If I have my information right you could buy these separately for $7- $9, or the whole set for $60 – which was quite a chunk of change in the 50s/60s! I wonder who was buying these back in the day? It must have been rich people. I would have probably begged my Mom for a set of these (if I was around then) and she would have told me that I could just play with the real cabinets that were already in the kitchen! Anyway, what is really cool about these cabinets is all of the pieces actually do something. Check out the corner cabinet – the drawer works and there is a rotating lazy susan inside, with a real wood chopping block on top!
Here is the stove, and the burners actually light up!
How cute is that?
And finally, there is the sink.
We have not figured out the sink just yet, as it’s wires were not attached when we got it. So, I will soon have Mike, the engineer, on the case to figure it out! It does something with water though, because there is a mini pump mounted under there.
Eventually we will mount all of these to a board with VCT tile on it, as the top picture shows, and have a mini retro kitchen!
Lastly, we have the Retro ‘Mad Men’ antenna! Did I actually say ‘Mad Men’, well yes I did. Mike and I love Mad Men, who doesn’t around here? And, every time I see Mad Men I want to crawl right on into the TV set and have a nice little chat with Betty, Don and the gang (of course, with a Martooni – Sable!). We saw this antenna in a store in Globe, actually I did not know what it was at first until Mike told me (he he), but we left it behind. I thought it was totally cool, but was not really sure on buying it, though it was only $12. Well, right after we saw this we were watching MM season 2 again (in preparation for season 3) and Lo and Behold in “For Those Who Think Young” the first episode, it is right there – smack dab in the middle of Joan Holloway’s TV! I could not believe it, the same type of antenna Mad Men used, how totally cool. I saw the same antenna this season in “My Old Kentucky Home” while Joan and Greg are hosting their dinner party. Well, of course, we had to get it now……
You have to love the antenna, it is so retro and funky looking!
So, there you have it – all our retro finds from Globe and Miami Arizona.
I hope you all enjoyed the pics!